Affective piety in the eleventh-century monastery of John of Fécamp
Series: Artes Liberales
Author: Lauren Mancia

Scholars of the Middle Ages have long taught that highly emotional Christian devotion, often called ‘affective piety’, originated in Europe after the twelfth century, and was primarily practised by late medieval communities of mendicants, lay people, and women. As the first study of affective piety in an eleventh-century monastic context, this book revises our understanding of affective spirituality’s origins, characteristics, and uses in medieval Christianity.

Emotional monasticism: Affective piety at the eleventh-century monastery of John of Fécamp traces the early monastic history of affective devotion through the life and works of the earliest-known writer of emotional prayers, John of Fécamp, abbot of the Norman monastery of Fécamp from 1028 to 1078. The book examines John’s major work, the Confessio theologica; John’s early influences and educational background in Ravenna and Dijon; the emotion-filled devotional programme of Fécamp’s liturgical, manuscript, and intellectual culture, and its relation to the monastery’s efforts at reform; the cultivation of affective principles in the monastery’s work beyond the monastery’s walls; and John’s later medieval legacy at Fécamp, throughout Normandy, and beyond. Emotional monasticism will appeal to scholars of monasticism, of the history of emotion, and of medieval Christianity. The book exposes the early medieval monastic roots of later medieval affective piety, re-examines the importance of John of Fécamp’s prayers for the first time since his work was discovered, casts a new light on the devotional life of monks in medieval Europe before the twelfth century, and redefines how we should understand the history of Christianity.

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Lauren Mancia

. John and his monastery of Fécamp The monastery of Fécamp had been originally established in 658, but was refounded as the Holy Trinity Abbey of Fécamp ( Abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp or Monasterium Sanctae Trinitatis Fiscannensis ) in 1001 by an Italian reforming abbot named William of Volpiano at the behest of Duke Richard II of Normandy. 12 John of Fécamp was born between 990 and 995 in Ravenna, Italy, and lived there until he followed his teacher, William of Volpiano, to the Burgundian monastery of Saint-Bénigne de Dijon (where John

in Emotional monasticism
The Norman Conquest
Elisabeth van Houts

from c . 1067–72 and was probably drawn up at the abbey of Fécamp. Trsl. from the Latin edn in Van Houts, 1987 , 175. When William, duke of the Normans, came to England to acquire the throne, which by right was owed to him, he received from William fitzOsbern the steward sixty ships; from Hugh, who later became earl of Chester, the same [number]; from Hugh of

in The Normans in Europe